[vur-suh-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl]
capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.: a versatile writer.
having or capable of many uses: a versatile tool.
Botany. attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely, as an anther.
Zoology. turning either forward or backward: a versatile toe.
variable or changeable, as in feeling, purpose, or policy: versatile moods.

1595–1605; < Latin versātilis revolving, many-sided, equivalent to versāt(us) (past participle of versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn; see verse, -ate1) + -ilis -ile

versatilely, adverb
versatility, versatileness, noun
nonversatility, noun
unversatile, adjective
unversatilely, adverb
unversatileness, noun
unversatility, noun

1, 2. adaptable, all-around. 2. handy. Unabridged
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versatile (ˈvɜːsəˌtaɪl)
1.  capable of or adapted for many different uses, skills, etc
2.  variable or changeable
3.  botany (of an anther) attached to the filament by a small area so that it moves freely in the wind
4.  zoology able to turn forwards and backwards: versatile antennae
[C17: from Latin versātilis moving around, from versāre to turn]

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Word Origin & History

1605, from L. versatilis "turning, revolving, moving, capable of turning to varied subjects or tasks," from pp. stem of versare "keep turning, be engaged in something, turn over in the mind," frequentative of vertere "to turn" (see versus).
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